Spring 2012

For over 20 years, Touring & Tasting has been the Premier Guide to Wine Country. You can always rely on us to show you the way in both our magazine and our website.


3 Top Wine Country Destinations to Experience

From the Eastern Seaboard to the heart of the Midwest to the Pacific West Coast, there are so many wonderful places to tour, taste, and stay. In this section we explore the wine regions of Asheville, North Carolina, Galena, Illinois, and Solvang, California.

Blending Wine with Art in Lake and Mendocino County

The natural beauty of Lake and Mendocino counties beckons artists of all kinds to come, put down roots, and dedicate themselves to expressing the splendor of their surroundings.

Eco Committed: 8 New Ways the Napa Valley is Raising the Bar

Over the past few years, the practice of sustainability has evolved from a noble concept to a full-on movement in the Napa Valley.

Editor's Tour: Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Oregon’s spectacular Willamette Valley has a rustic, rural charm all its own.

For Starters from the Bay Area

We asked noted chefs of the region to share starter recipes to whet our readers’ appetites, and they certainly obliged

Gathering Together on California's Northern Central Coast

Dotted throughout the Northern Central Coast wine region, seaside resorts, charming back road wineries, and copious vineyards seemingly intertwine--it's a natural place to gather together.

Goals, Glory, and Washington Winemakers

The State of Washington is home to an impressive breed of winemaker.

Interview with Oak Ridge General Manager Nick Karavidas

Touring & Tasting had the opportunity to sit down with Oak Ridge Winery's General Manager Nick Karavidas.

Interview with Owner/Winemaker John Bookwalter

This Fall we had the pleasure of sitting down with Washington winemaker John Bookwalter.

Interview with Somerston General Manager/Winemaker Craig Becker

Earlier this Fall, we had an enjoyable conversation with Somerston General Manager and Winemaker Craig Becker

Paso Robles: An American Town Known for Rhône

Today Paso Robles is home to more than 2,200 acres of Rhone varieties and boasts the largest acreage of Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne in the state of California.

Sonoma Women in Wine

Although women still make up a small percentage of the industry, they’re making themselves known. Here are ten who agreed to pause for a moment to tell us why they love wine and why you should visit them in Sonoma County.

The Legacy of Lodi

Over the past century, the number of family farms has spiraled downward nationwide. But in Lodi, California, one of the country’s oldest wine regions, family agriculture remains a viable enterprise.

Touring Languedoc-Roussillon along Canal du Midi

On the southern coast of France along the Mediterranean Sea lies an enchanting wine region abundant in sunshine, culture, history, and natural beauty.

Virginia’s Distinctive Varietals

The Commonwealth of Virginia has a unique winemaking heritage that dates back to the 1600’s and the founding of the colony of Jamestown

Wine Trails of the Sierra Foothills

When we’re talking about the sierra foothills, the first word that comes to the visitor’s mind is “breathtaking.” Pick a trail and drive through hills, valleys, old mining towns, and untouched fields.